Thursday, October 19, 2006
By Bob Heller
Lindsey Wenderoth became just the second women's volleyball player in school history to record 1,000 career digs as the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia dropped a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) match, 3-0 to Goldey Beacom College last night in Wilmington, Delaware.
USP lost the first game, 30-16, the second 30-19 and the third 30-26. The loss drops the devils' record to 8-14 overall and 5-8 in league play. Goldey Beacom improved to 12-11 overall and 11-4 in league play.
Wenderoth (Jr., Owings Mills HS/Owings Mills, Md.) entered the game needing just seven digs to reach the 1,000 mark. After recording five in the first game, Lindsey reached the mark early in the second game. With Goldey Beacom leading, 6-5, Wenderoth dug out an attack by GBC's Jennie Newcomb which led to a failed attack attempt by one of her teammates. Wenderoth finished the match with 14 digs, giving her 1,007 in her two-plus seasons of play. Lindsey ranks second on the all-time list behind Emily Roth's 1,880 career digs.
Wenderoth also paced the Devils with nine kills. Kirsten Lechner (Fr., DePaul Catholic/ Wayne, N.J.) and Andrea Cardine (Fr., Reading Central Catholic/ Temple, Pa.) added eight apiece. Claire Tauschek (So., Middleton HS/Verona, Wis.) added 17 digs to go along with Wenderoth's 14.
Ashley Carberry and Stephanie Rosado led the Lightning with 14 and 13 kills respectively. Newcomb had a match high 21 digs while Christine Hudock added 14 to pace Goldey Beacom's defense.
In game one, USP scored two of the first three points before the Lightning went on a 12-1 spurt to take a commanding 13-3 lead. Goldey Beacom increased their lead to 22-8 before the Devils ran off four straight points to cut the deficit to 22-12. A kill by Tauschek cut the deficit to single digits, 23-14 but the Lightning outscored the Devils 7-2 down the stretch to win 30-16.
The Lightning jumped out to a 4-0 lead in game two, forcing the devils into another uphill battle. After a kill by Lechner, Kayleen Pisczcek (Fr., Holy Name/Sinking Spring, Pa.) followed with three straight aces to pull the Devils even at 4-4. Goldey Beacom took a 6-5 lead before the rally which netted Wenderoth's 1000th career dig boosted their lead back to two, 7-5. The Devils later pulled back within one, 11-10 on a kill by Raeann Petruccelli (Sr., The Gunnery/New Milford, Conn.) before the Lightning went on a 10-2 run to lead 20-13. Three straight points by the Devils made the score 20-16 but that was as close as USP would come as Goldey Beacom finished game two with a 10-3 spurt to win 30-19.
Goldey Beacom jumped out a 13-8 lead in game three only to have the Devils score six of the next seven points to tie the game at 14-all. Kills by Michelle Hogga (Sr., St. Pius X HS/Linfield, Pa.) and Cardine gave the Devils a 16-14 lead and eventually increased their lead to three, 20-17. The Lightning rallied to tie the score at 21-all and took a brief 22-21 lead before the Devils tied the game again at 22-all. Three straight points by Goldey Beacom made the score 25-22 before a kill by Cardine pulled USP within two, 25-23. The Lighting again ran off three straight points to take a 28-23 lead. Both teams exchanged points over the final five rallies as the Lightning finished the match with a 30-26 win.
The Devils next match will be against Post University on Saturday, October 21, 2006 in Waterbury, Connecticut. The match is set to start at 1 p.m.